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While driving in eastern Oregon the other day, I saw a bald eagle. And it was great. I’ve seen them before, but it’s always a treat. And as an environmental historian (which is my actual professional training, not labor history), I am always reminded how close this wonderful creature came to extinction. But do you […]

Passenger Pigeon

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On December 17, 2017

One of the most important and horrible stories of environmental degradation in the United States is the rapid decline of the passenger pigeon from perhaps the most common bird in North America to comp

The Monuments

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On December 4, 2017

I hate these people so much. President Donald Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday by some two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in t

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Climate and Capitalism

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On November 21, 2017
One doesn’t expect to see a full rant against capitalism in the New York Times, but I guess we are moving into different times. Benjamin Fong’s op-ed about capitalism being the problem in dealing with climate change reads exactly like something one would read in Jacobin, for good and for problematic. I compare this to […]
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The Last Days of Megafauna

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On August 21, 2017
I don’t mean to deviate from my usual bright cheery self, but the violent death of Wayne Lotter, one of the leading conservationists in Africa fighting the poaching epidemic, reminds me that the future of all megafauna on the planet is highly endangered. The rapidly declining numbers of rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers, leopards, and basically […]
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The Wages of Nuclear

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On July 12, 2017
This is a powerful long-form piece on how the Manhattan Project and its aftermath, with the utter indifference toward disposing of nuclear waste that partially defined its domestic impact, is still creating horrible health impacts on Americans today, with a focus on a uranium enrichment plant near St. Louis. Dawn Chapman first noticed the smell […]
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